Presentation on theme: "Alistair Smyth External Affairs Manager – South East National Housing Federation Homes for Britain Homes for Britain| SEHF 5 th February 2015."— Presentation transcript:
Alistair Smyth External Affairs Manager – South East National Housing Federation Homes for Britain Homes for Britain| SEHF 5 th February 2015
What we’ll cover today Introductions The housing crisis The Homes for Britain campaign A bit on politics
Who we are The National Housing Federation is the voice of affordable housing in England. We believe that everyone should have the home they need at a price they can afford. That’s why we represent the work of housing associations and campaign for better housing. Our members provide two and a half million homes for more than five million people.
Broken Market, Broken Dreams Home Truths 2014/15
Decades in the making…
…now we’re paying for it
… and so are “mum and dad”
Pressure on the private rented sector
And young people are losing out
The South East Average house prices 2013 (£) Average household earnings 2013 (£) Ratio of house prices to income Income for 80% mortgage (£) Average private sector rents (£ p/m) England251,87926, , South East292,30128, , West Sussex 281,85926, , Crawley219,27825, ,121870
Homes for Britain
Do you remember this picture?
A single, clear message THAT ALL POLITICAL PARTIES COMMIT TO:
A different approach Create the political space Articulate our unique offer Secure policy commitments
Housing was not an election issue for most people in 2010 Source: Ipsos MORI Issues Index
Where’s housing in the political debate? Housing - 11
Who will win?
Not keen on central house building targets 100,000 discounted homes built with S.106 exemptions They want to look credible on PRS and LCHO Cuts to housing benefits for 18-21yo and overall benefit freeze Lowering the overall benefit cap to £23k The political parties and housing
Positive about social housing, particularly council homes Build 200,000 homes per year by 2020 Also very interested in PRS and LCHO Cap rent increases in the PRS The “benefits to bricks” holy grail Treasury team very reticent The political parties and housing
Most ambitious target and commitment to capital investment – build 300,000 homes per year A long term plan Garden cities Bringing forward unused public sector sites The political parties and housing